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  1. A movie’s performance gets plenty of buzz these days. Not just how well it does with critics, but how well it is doing in the box office – how much people are paying for it. Avengers: Endgame drew plenty of hype as it steadily rose to become the highest grossing film of all time. Conversely, many gasped in horror as the Cats movie became one of the most unprofitable movies ever made. But just how much does a movie need to breakeven? To answer it very quickly, a ballpark figure for most blockbusters is twice or more of their initial budget. This is how we got to that figure: Breaking down the costs There are generally two parts of financing a film: Making the movie itself and marketing it. The first expense, making the film, includes everything from paying the cast and crew, creating the set, special effects and other post-production. Then comes marketing, which is getting people aware that the film is coming out. Marketing budgets vary greatly. Smaller films don’t usually market themselves as aggressively, while films with a budget of more than around $75 million commonly fall around half the amount of the film’s production budget. This includes circulating ads and trailers, working with other companies for product tie-ins and creating events for greater visibility and awareness. While many movies stick to trailers on YouTube and TV, other films go the extra mile to get people’s attention. Take Star Wars for example. On top of tie-ins with cereal boxes and Uniqlo, Disney has been trying desperately to break into the lucrative Chinese market, putting 500 Stormtroopers on the Great Wall of China for several of their movie launches. The studios have even poured money into Frozen displays and events in malls in faraway countries like Malaysia to garner hype around the movie. Rental, props, actors in multiple locations – you can imagine just how much money is poured into getting the word around. It’s not just about tickets sold either. Studios haven’t made their money back just because the box office figures on Wikipedia doubles its budget. Theatres get a cut of this a film’s earnings too. Every studio has a varying degree of bargaining power with cinemas they sell the film to. The larger a film, the more people it will probably draw to the cinemas. Studios can use this bargaining power to demand a bigger cut and set the number of screenings. But on average, studios normally take in 50% of domestic ticket earnings, and 30% of internationally. This ratio isn’t constant either. Studios often take less of the cut after the second of third week of running, to entice theatres to keep their films playing. This further complicates the breakeven-point of a movie. To put these percentages into perspective, let’s use the example of a $150 million movie listed on Wikipedia, including marketing costs. It needs to make profits of $105 million internationally and $45 million domestically to recuperate costs. But with the cut given to cinemas, these films need to make box office figures of approximately $350 million internationally and $90 million domestically, breaking even at $440 million. Suddenly, big-budget films just got a lot riskier to green light. Movies on red alert Given how much films need to earn just to breakeven, these films are surely getting their studios nervous. Doolittle (out 17 Jan) cost a whopping $175 million to make, with a marketing budget of around $90 million. It’ll need to take in well over $700 million to recuperate its losses. With early reviews panning the movie, we may have found the Cats of 2020. Young Adult movies based on books don’t seem to be doing too well lately. Artemis Fowl could continue this downward trend, needing to make around $600 million to salvage its $190 million production and marketing budget. Godzilla vs Kong could be in for trouble if it goes the way of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which took in only $385 million from its $200 million budget. We don’t know the exact budget yet, but given the scale of these behemoths, we’re expecting a similar sum that would need north of $600 million to remedy. What about Netflix? Films today are shifting to a new medium that makes box office performance difficult to follow. With streaming services today, earnings work differently. They don’t have to pay for screening prices – their performance mostly depends on their views, which indicates to the streaming service how many viewers a film is attracting to their platform. For the most part, this is the key concern for streaming platforms, and determines funding for its sequels. The tricky thing is, Netflix rarely earns more for a film that does really well. Viewers have already paid the price of entry – the subscription fee – and can watch any amount of shows they want. This leads to only one future: advertisements. That’s the only way each film will get the profits it truly deserves. source
  2. Hobbs and Shaw: a McLaren, a McGuffin, banter, and plenty of action Jason Statham, The Rock, and Idris Elba star in this Fast and Furious spinoff. It's August, the height of summer, and that means it's time for the season's traditional tent pole action movies. Hobbs and Shaw, the new Fast and Furious spinoff starring Idris Elba, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Vanessa Kirby, and Jason Statham has just reached the cinemas, and to say I'd been looking forward to catching up with the franchise's latest is an understatement. The Rock is Luke Hobbs, an "always gets his man" type working for the US Diplomatic Security Service. Statham plays Deckard Shaw, a former British spec-ops fellow. Both characters were introduced in previous movies as antiheroes, but after teaming up—kind of—in 2017's Fate of the Furious, the forces of destiny (or the writers) have thrown them together in a buddy movie. I don't want to give too much away about the plot, but there's a McGuffin, and Brixton—played by Idris Elba—wants it. He wants it bad. The problem is, the McGuffin has been injected into Vanessa Kirby's Hattie Shaw, MI6 spy and Deckard's sister. Obviously neither the Shaws nor Hobbses want Brixton to get his hands on the McGuffin, and the story goes from there. It's not groundbreaking stuff. Director David Leitch is not re-writing the rules of narrative cinema. The film is formulaic. But it's a formula that's proven to work in the past, and it does so again in Hobbs and Shaw. This is a movie with a lot of action. A lot. Ignore complaints that the trailer gives the movie away—in films like this the plot is merely something that keeps us moving from fight scene to set piece to fight scene to set piece. Oh, and because it's a Fast and Furious film, there's the occasional bit of wholesome positivity about the importance of family or working together as a team. Hobbs and Shaw bicker at each other throughout the movie. It's wonderful. The Stath appears at times to reprise his Rick Ford character from Spy, and we've seen the Rock crack wise in everything from The Rundown to Baywatch, so it's no surprise they're both great at it here. Kirby succeeds in holding her own; refreshingly the movie avoids the damsel in distress trope. Elba's performance is less humorous, but that's OK—he's the bad guy. And there are some great supporting actors, including Eddie Marsan, Ryan Reynolds, Hellen Mirren, and Cliff Curtis. Are there car chases? I like car chases. Did I mention there was a lot of action in this movie? It's a Fast and Furious jam, so obviously a lot of that involves car chases. Without giving anything away, let me say that many Range Rovers died to make this film. There's also a McLaren 720S that gets a little scraped up, but that's OK because we see that Deckard Shaw has several more where that one came from. Plus a Mini Cooper that he strongly infers he used to conduct The Italian Job. Actually, we do get to see where the McLarens came from because McLaren's Disney-meets-NASA HQ shows up, too—only it's been relocated to a remote part of Ukraine where it's functioning as the nerve center for Eteon, the evil organization that Hobbses and the Shaws are trying to stop. Finally, a word of warning, and this is important: if you want to enjoy this film, you must be able to suspend your disbelief. I'm serious—thinking too hard about any of it will just bring the whole edifice crashing to earth. If you're going to be bothered by unrealistic depictions of bionics, biotech, cars that are bigger on the inside than the outside, how hand grenades work, how jumping out of tall buildings works, the logistics involved in getting the same MH-60 helicopter from one side of the planet to the other, transforming electric motorcycles, or a chain of hot rods and customs trying to drag a helicopter back to Earth using just one pair of wheels, then you will probably not enjoy this film. On the other hand, if you're content to sit back for 135 minutes and just go with it, I'm confident you'll get your money's worth from Hobbs and Shaw. Listing image by Universal Pictures Source: Hobbs and Shaw: a McLaren, a McGuffin, banter, and plenty of action (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link.)
  3. Why'd ya spill yer beans? — First trailer for The Lighthouse evokes early films from a bygone age It's Director Robert Eggers' follow-up to his 2015 breakout film, The Witch. Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson star in A24’s Cannes favorite,The Lighthouse. A24 just keeps churning out smart, intriguing, thought-provoking films, and today the studio dropped the first trailer for its latest offering in the horror genre, The Lighthouse. At first glance, what sets this apart is the choice to shoot entirely on 35mm black-and-white film—better to evoke a bygone age. Set in 1890, Director Robert Eggers' vision was inspired by a real-life 1801 tragedy involving two Welsh lighthouse keepers trapped in a storm. It was inspired as well by classic tales by Herman Melville, H.P. Lovecraft, and Algernon Blackwood. It's kind of a ghost story, featuring two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) on a remote and mysterious New England island, and both gradually go mad from the isolation. The Lighthouse made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year to rave reviews, earning a best movie honor from the International Federation of Film Critics—a first for A24. Eggers described the film to Deadline Hollywood as “something a little weirder” than his 2015 breakout film, The Witch, calling it “more dreadful than horror.” It was shot entirely on black-and-white 35mm film, with the same square frame and aspect ratio (1.19:1) favored by early pioneering filmmakers like Fritz Lang and G.W. Pabst. Per IMDB, "To enhance the image, making it resemble early photography, a custom cyan filter made by Schneider Filters that emulated the look and feel of orthochromatic film from the late 19th century was used." Eggers has said he did this because "the spaces in this movie are meant to feel confined... The idea of widescreen only came about in the 1950s. We wanted to take people back further than that." The trailer wisely keeps most of the plot details very vague, letting us instead savor the technical achievement of the haunting black-and-white cinematography. It's period horror that looks like an old-time Hollywood Golden Age film. In fact, it's the kind of film Alfred Hitchcock might have made, in the vein of Rope or Rear Window, both of which feature equally constrained settings. And audiences who have had the chance to see the film so far have responded positively. The Lighthouse has a 98% favorability rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus? It's "a gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by a pair of powerhouse performances." “How long have we been on this rock? Five weeks? Two days?” Dafoe's Thomas Wake wonders aloud. We see the two men going about their daily chores and bonding over drinks at night. But the isolation begins to take its toll on the men's psychological states, and they struggle to distinguish between reality and hallucination. There's a massive storm, what looks like a flood, and an attack by some kind of sea monster (or maybe just an octopus), plus a shot of Winslow lovingly holding a small mermaid sculpture. And throughout, we hear Wake's incessant question: "Why'd ya spill yer beans?" What does it all mean? Who knows? Like The Witch, it's probably best to know as little as possible about the plot going in. The Lighthouse will screen at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival in September. It is slated for theatrical release on October 18, 2019. Listing image by YouTube/A24 Source: First trailer for The Lighthouse evokes early films from a bygone age (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link.)
  4. Top Gun: Maverick world premiere trailer: It’s not just F-18s this time Two-minute trailer is scant on details, so we pick apart Maverick's return. San Diego Comic Con's tentpole Thursday morning panel, dedicated to the Paramount and Skydance film Terminator: Dark Fate, saw an interruption from another big face at that combined film company: Tom Cruise. Tom, apparently, couldn't let Arnold Schwarzenegger have all the fun, as he used the opportunity to reveal the first public footage of next year's Top Gun: Maverick. The two-minute trailer is at its most impressive when we see Cruise continuing his streak for performing his own stunts, as he's established in so many Mission: Impossible films up until now. Unless Cruise and company have figured out a whole new level of CGI and green-screen trickery, that sure looks like the actor himself piloting an F-18 as it takes off from a Naval aircraft carrier at sea—and then pulling some serious Gs while flying over a snowy mountainside in formation. In terms of plot, we see a face-off with a rear admiral played by actor Ed Harris. Harris is angry about Cruise's unwillingness to retire after "30-plus years of service" and his continued status as a Navy captain. "You should at least be a two-star admiral by now," Harris says. Eventually, Harris insists that "your kind is headed for extinction," which might hint to the Navy's increased emphasis on automation or remotely controlled crafts. "Maybe so, sir," Cruise replies. "But not today." The most tantalizing plot hint in the trailer comes from Cruise's choice of attire in two snippets: a pressure suit, which isn't standard-issue attire for sitting in an F-18. Sure enough, at one point, Cruise is seen sitting in something other than the iconic Navy aircraft. We may very well be missing a good angle on an otherwise standard-issue Navy aircraft option, but knowing Cruise's flair for the dramatic, Occam's razor likely does not apply. Everything else notable in the trailer, including our first look at Jon Hamm and Jennifer Connelly as new Top Gun characters, can be seen in the above gallery. Or you can watch the dramatic trailer below. Top Gun: Maverick world premiere trailer Listing image by Paramount / Skydance Source: Top Gun: Maverick world premiere trailer: It’s not just F-18s this time (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link.)
  5. New trailer for IT Chapter Two ratchets up the horror Pennywise gets nostalgic: "For 27 years I dreamt of you. I craved you. I missed you." In IT Chapter Two, the Losers Club must confront the horrors of the past and put an end to the unspeakable evil that has terrorized the town for so long. Pennywise the demonic clown gleefully inflicts all manner of psychological and physical torment on the grown-up members of the Losers Club in a new trailer for IT Chapter Two. The trailer was shown during New Line Cinema's "ScareDiego" event, a prelude to San Diego Comic-Con that's been happening annually for the last three years. (Some spoilers for first film and novel below.) Set in 1989, IT essentially adapted half of King's original novel, telling the story of a group of misfit kids calling themselves "The Losers Club." The kids discover their small town of Derry is home to an ancient, trans-dimensional evil that awakens every 27 years to prey mostly on children by taking the form of an evil clown named Pennywise. Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) loses his little brother, Georgie, to Pennywise, and the group decides to take on Pennywise and drive him into early hibernation, where he will hopefully starve. But Beverly (Sophia Lillis) has a vision warning that Pennywise will return on schedule in 27 years, and they must be ready to fight him anew. IT: Chapter Two revisits our protagonists 27 years later, as they all return to Derry to as adults for a reunion of sorts. The first trailer dropped in May, featuring an adult Beverly (Jessica Chastain) returning to the house she grew up in and sitting down for tea with the elderly woman now living there. But that old woman turns out to be much more menacing than she first appeared. All grown up This new trailer gives us a lot more terrifying footage of what's in store for the Loser's Club as they gather in Derry as adults for a reunion. Most of them left Derry and built successful lives elsewhere—at least on the surface. "Something happens when you leave this town," Mike Hanson (Isaiah Mustafa) says in a voiceover. "The farther away, the hazier it all gets." He's the only one who stayed: "I remember all of it." Mike tells his friends that they didn't destroy It completely 27 years ago, and he reminds them of their childhood oath: if It ever came back, they would return to fight again. Well, Pennywise is back, and he's itching for a rematch. That means the Losers Club must confront the horrors of its past and put an end to the unspeakable evil that has terrorized the town for so long. It's not a welcome prospect. "I've seen all of us die," Beverly Marshall confesses. "It consumes us from the inside, until we don't have a choice anymore." Horrors unleashed The trailer is a study in contrasts. Images of the Losers Club's younger selves are juxtaposed with them as adults. Images of a bright sunny day in the seemingly wholesome town of Derry mix with dank shots of Pennywise's domain—the sewers and a funhouse at the local amusement park. That provides the setting for a wrenching sequence in which Bill Denbrough (James McAvoy) finds himself trapped in a maze of mirrors, watching as a gloating Pennywise attacks a young boy. "For 27 years, I dreamt of you," Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) rasps in another voiceover. "I craved you. I missed you." Skarsgård's maniacal performance has haunted the dreams of many a moviegoer during the last two years. It looks like we're in for a few more nightmares. IT Chapter Two hits theaters September 6, 2019. Listing image by YouTube/Warner Bros. Source: New trailer for IT Chapter Two ratchets up the horror (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image galleries, please visit the above link.)
  6. AC/DC: It’s Tesla duking it out with Edison in The Current War trailer A casualty of the Weinstein Co. scandal and bankruptcy finally gets a broad release. Benedict Cumberbatch and Nicholas Hoult play arch-rivals Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, respectively, locked in a race to electrify the world in The Current War. In The Current War, brilliant inventors and arch-rivals Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) engage in increasingly vicious tactics in the battle to determine whether direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC) technology will ultimately bring electricity to the world at large. The film is based on an especially riveting period in the history of science: the so-called "war of the currents." Produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, The Current War actually premiered in 2017 at the Toronto Film Festival, and the Weinstein Company signed on as distributors. But then Harvey Weinstein was credibly accused of sexual abuse and stepped down from the company. The Current War was shelved and eventually sold off when the company declared bankruptcy, ending up with 101 Studios. And now it will get a broad theatrical release, in a slightly different form. Per Gomez-Rejon, he has added five additional scenes and trimmed ten minutes from the runtime. In the late 19th century, most motors still ran on DC power, and attempts to create an AC version had failed. In 1882, while working as an electrical engineer with a Hungarian telephone company, Tesla conceived of a rotating magnetic field produced by two or more alternating currents out of step with each other—a sort of magnetic whirlwind that could be used to drive an electric motor. Within a few months he'd sketched out plans for all the components of a full power generating system. Tesla emigrated to the US two years later and joined Thomas Edison’s lab in Menlo Park, New Jersey. But Edison brusquely dismissed Tesla’s idea for an AC system of power generation—largely because Edison had already invested heavily in promoting his own DC system. Hundreds of central power stations were cropping up across America, each using different combinations of circuits and equipment. Edison’s Pearl Street generating station in Manhattan supplied DC power to a few hundred mansions of wealthy New Yorkers, as well as a smattering of mills, factories, and theaters in the city. George Westinghouse espoused AC, with more than 30 plants in operation by 1887. Whoever emerged victorious stood to gain a veritable monopoly on a highly lucrative market. When Tesla quit his job with Edison in a huff after being denied a promised bonus, Westinghouse was waiting in the wings and hired him. That's when things got nasty. Edison's propaganda machine pumped out hundreds of flyers and pamphlets on the dangers of alternating current, even electrocuting small animals in front of newspaper reporters. He called this being “Westinghoused.” Tesla countered with spectacular public lectures to demonstrate the safety of AC current, shooting sparks from his fingertips, making light bulbs glow, and even melting metals by running current through his body. "My boys and I caught in a jar what before now has only flashed across the night sky." The trailer gives us tantalizing flashes of much of this, opening with Cumberbatch's Edison announcing, "My boys and I caught in a jar what before now has only flashed across the night sky." Tesla, meanwhile, tells Michael Shannon's Westinghouse that he dreams of surpassing Edison and becoming "the greatest provider of electrical power in the whole world." We see the propaganda sheets, the claims that AC power will kill people, and lots of nifty-looking electrical equipment from that era—a time of rapid invention that essentially remade the world. “If you want to be remembered, it’s simple: Shoot a president," the film's Westinghouse declares. "But if you prefer to have what I call a legacy, you leave the world a better place than you found it.” Of course, we already know which man ultimately won the war of the currents. In 1893, the Columbian Exposition in Chicago chose AC to light up its “White City,” the centerpiece of its World of Tomorrow exhibit. That successful demonstration was sufficient to give the victory to Westinghouse and Tesla. But it will be interesting to see how well The Current War depicts these two larger-than-life personalities, and their shared antagonism, on the silver screen—a business sector where Edison did emerge victorious. The Current War hits theaters October 4, 2019. Listing image by YouTube/101 Studios Source: AC/DC: It’s Tesla duking it out with Edison in The Current War trailer (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link.)
  7. Browse, sort and search your movie collection in various layouts and views Movie Collector's main screen is highly customizable, so that you can make it look the way you want. Choose between: Multiple layouts for the main screen folder, list and details panels. List, Images or Card View for your movie lists. Different templates for the movie details panel. Light, Dark and System skins for all screens. Easily add DVDs and Blu-Rays to your database, by Title or by Barcode Adding new movies to your personal movie database is quick and easy: Just search our online movie database by title or by barcode. Select the movie and/or DVD/Blu-Ray edition you own. Click the Add button. Our Core online movie database will then automatically provide Full movie details like year, cast, crew, IMDb Rating, Plot, etc.. Cover art, movie posters, backdrop art and trailer videos. For TV Series, full episode details (plot, first air dates, cast) and screen shot images. Adding movies by title: Adding movies by barcode: Organize your movie files by scanning your folders Movie Collector can also catalog your movie files. Just let it scan your computer for digital movie files, then link the files to your movies or episode entries. After that, the movies can be played right from your movie details panel. Free CLZ Cloud storage for backups, syncing and sharing Use the free CLZ Cloud service to: always have an online backup of your movie database. synchronize your data to other computers and mobile devices. share your movie list online, for friends and family (example). Other features and tools Efficiently edit your data using field defaults, batch editing, direct editing in main screen list, etc.. Add missing cover images by searching the internet with the built-in Find Image Online tool. Customize your database by renaming existing fields, or by creating your own User Defined Fields. Manage your loans with the integrated Loan Manager system. Export your movie database to Text or XML files. Print movie lists in any order, with your configurable columns. Homepage:https://www.collectorz.com/movie/movie-collector Download:http://installers.collectorz.com/movie-win/moviecollectorsetup1847.exe
  8. Luke Hemsworth, Jeremie Harris and Vincent Kartheiser round out the cast of the John Stalberg-helmed indie. Beau Knapp, Alexis Bledel and Kurt Russell Beau Knapp, the star of Netflix's recently canceled series Seven Seconds, will star alongside Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale, Gilmore Girls), Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight), Luke Hemsworth (Westworld), Jeremie Harris (Legion) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men) in the money laundering thriller Crypto. Directed by John Stalberg Jr., the indie film is written by Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio based on an original story by Jeffrey Ingber and produced by Yale Prods.’ Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman alongside David Frigerio. Dubbed a thriller in the vein of The Firm and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Crypto centers on a young anti-money laundering agent (Knapp) tasked with investigating a tangled web of corruption and fraud in his remote New York hometown, where his father (Russell) and brother (Hemsworth) are struggling to maintain their family farm in a changing economic landscape. The agent quickly finds himself enmeshed in a dangerous underworld populated by a mysterious art dealer (Bledel), a crypto-currency enthusiast turned cyber-sleuth (Harris) and a corrupt accountant doing the bidding of ruthless clients (Kartheiser). The film marks the sophomore feature for director Stalberg — whose debut, High School, starring Adrien Brody and Colin Hanks, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and quickly gained a cult following upon its theatrical release. Eubank and Frigerio previously collaborated as co-writers of the sci-fi thriller The Signal, in which Knapp starred. That film premiered at Sundance and was distributed by Focus Features. “I am overjoyed to be working with such an incredible cast to bring this timely, thrilling story to life,” said Stalberg. “Beau is incredibly talented, and seeing him bring this character to life opposite talent like Alexis, Kurt, Luke, Jeremie and Vincent has been a dream come true." Added Levine: “Cryptocurrency has captured the attention and imagination of consumers and entrepreneurs all over the world but has never been explored in film in such a nuanced and exciting way.” Film Mode Entertainment is representing worldwide rights for Crypto. Michael J. Rothstein and Siena Oberman of Yale Prods. are executive producing alongside Clay Epstein, Joseph Siprut, Shaun Sanghani and Zac Weinstein. Yale Prods.’ Jon Keeyes, Russ Posternak and Jesse Korman are serving as co-producers. Crypto is currently shooting in New York. Knapp also is known for his role in The Nice Guys. He is repped by CAA and Luber Roklin. Bledel, who won an Emmy for playing Ofglen in Handmaid’s Tale, is handled by CAA, Industry Entertainment, and Jackoway, Tyerman. Crypto marks a reteaming for her and her real-life husband, Kartheiser (They met on the set of Mad Men). He is represented by Paradigm and Untitled. Russell, who next will shoot Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is repped by CAA. Hemsworth is handled by UTA and Fourward. And Harris is repped by CAA. Source
  9. I used to use Movie Explorer: github.com /anlarke/MovieExplorer Which was the best I have come across. Add you directories and that's it. No work involved. But the lastest version crashes and the older ones aren't showing posters for me. Any alternatives. Using Kodi atm with Universal Movie Scraper, which is fine I suppose. Kodi just seems pointless when at the computer when I prefer using MPC-HC with MadVR. Quickly tried Tiny Movie manager but it isn't scraping many posters unless I do it manually. Ember Movie Manager 1.2 stops responding when scraping.
  10. Copyright Trolls Target Up to 22,000 Norwegians for Movie Piracy The Oslo District Court has effectively given a Danish law firm the go-ahead to target up to 21,804 potential pirates with cash settlement demands. Njord Law ran into trouble at the Supreme Court last year when it was found that its evidence against alleged pirates failed to show serious levels of infringement. This time around it has clearly learned from its earlier experiences. Last January it was revealed that after things had become tricky in the US, the copyright trolls behind the action movie London Has Fallen were testing out the Norwegian market. Reports emerged of letters being sent out to local Internet users by Danish law firm Njord Law, each demanding a cash payment of 2,700 NOK (around US$345). Failure to comply, the company claimed, could result in a court case and damages of around $12,000. The move caused outrage locally, with consumer advice groups advising people not to pay and even major anti-piracy groups distancing themselves from the action. However, in May 2017 it appeared that progress had been made in stopping the advance of the trolls when another Njord Law case running since 2015 hit the rocks. The law firm previously sent a request to the Oslo District Court on behalf of entertainment company Scanbox asking ISP Telenor to hand over subscribers’ details. In May 2016, Scanbox won its case and Telenor was ordered to hand over the information. On appeal, however, the tables were turned when it was decided that evidence supplied by the law firm failed to show that sharing carried out by subscribers was substantial. Undeterred, Njord Law took the case all the way to the Supreme Court. The company lost when a panel of judges found that the evidence presented against Telenor’s customers wasn’t good enough to prove infringement beyond a certain threshold. But Njord Law still wasn’t done. More than six months on, the ruling from the Supreme Court only seems to have provided the company with a template. If the law firm could show that the scale of sharing exceeds the threshold set by Norway’s highest court, then disclosure could be obtained. That appears to be the case now. In a ruling handed down by the Oslo District Court in January, it’s revealed that Njord Law and its partners handed over evidence which shows 23,375 IP addresses engaged in varying amounts of infringing behavior over an extended period. The ISP they have targeted is being kept secret by the court but is believed to be Telenor. Using information supplied by German anti-piracy outfit MaverickEye (which is involved in numerous copyright troll cases globally), Njord Law set out to show that the conduct of the alleged pirates had been exceptional for a variety of reasons, categorizing them variously (but non-exclusively) as follows: – IP addresses involved in BitTorrent swarm sizes greater than 10,000 peers/pirates – IP addresses that have shared at least two of the plaintiffs’ movies – IP addresses making available the plaintiffs’ movies on at least two individual days – IP addresses that made available at least ten movies in total – IP addresses that made available different movies on at least ten individual days – IP addresses that made available movies from businesses and public institutions While rejecting some categories, the court was satisfied that 21,804 IP addresses of the 23,375 IP addresses presented by Njord Law met or exceeded the criteria for disclosure. It’s still not clear how many of these IP addresses identify unique subscribers but many thousands are expected. “For these users, it has been established that the gravity, extent, and harm of the infringement are so great that consideration for the rights holder’s interests in accessing information identifying the [allegedly infringing] subscribers is greater than the consideration of the subscribers’,” the court writes in its ruling. “Users’ confidence that their private use of the Internet is protected from public access is a generally important factor, but not in this case where illegal file sharing has been proven. Nor has there been any information stating that the offenders in the case are children or anything else which implies that disclosure of information about the holder of the subscriber should be problematic.” While the ISP (Telenor) will now have to spend time and resources disclosing its subscribers’ personal details to the law firm, it will be compensated for its efforts. The Oslo District Court has ordered Njord Law to pay costs of NOK 907,414 (US$115,822) plus NOK 125 (US$16.00) for every IP address and associated details it receives. The decision can be appealed but when contacted by Norwegian publication Nettavisen, Telenor declined to comment on the case. There is now the question of what Njord Law will do with the identities it obtains. It seems very likely that it will ask for a sum of money to make a potential lawsuit go away but it will still need to take an individual subscriber to court in order to extract payment, if they refuse to pay. This raises the challenge of proving that the subscriber is the actual infringer when it could be anyone in a household. But that battle will have to wait until another day. The full decision of the Oslo District Court can be found here (Norwegian) SOURCE
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    When it comes to entertainment nothing can beat the environment and fun provided by movies. There are millions of movies in different categories that you can choose as per your interest. From sci-fi to comedy, from action to suspense, from horror to romantic, everything is out there. You just need to find the right path to watch these movies. If your life is so busy and hectic that you don’t get enough time to go out for movies halls and theater to watch movies, still you can have latest movies in your device so that you can watch it whenever you want you. Today, I am sharing best free Hollywood movie downloading websites where you can download latest and old movies in high-definition. 1. My Download Tube My Download Tube is free movie downloading website that provides the latest Hollywood and Bollywood movies and lets you download for free. If you don’t want to download any movie but want to watch to online, My Download Tube completes your wish and lets you watch them without any registration or sign-up. My Download Tube also provides a section for games where you can check games and download them for free. Or you can simply write your query as movie or game name in the search box to watch what exactly you intend to. 2. YouTube Movies YouTube Movies is one of the sites where you can find out any video, any episode of favorite TV series, movies, songs and lot more. You can use its search box tool to find the link to download full movie. All the movies provided here are good in quality and has full length. You can download YouTube movies by installing Internet Download manager that will automatically prompt you to download movies. 3. Gingle Gingle is another amazing online portal to download the latest movies, not just movie but you can also search for music, listen to streaming online radio stations, play online games, wallpapers and much more. If you are looking for anything specific, just request it on Ginger and the online portal will be delighted to add that. Ginger doesn’t ask you for any registration or to create any account. You can find your favorite stuff that you want to watch easily. 15 Best Free Movie Downloading Websites Of 2016
  12. Over the past two weeks, dozens of pirate streaming sites had their homepages stripped from Google's search results. The removals are triggered by a series of targeted takedown requests sent by the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend, which acts on behalf of several major Hollywood studios. Over the past two weeks several pirate streaming sites have seen their homepages disappear from Google’s search results. Earlier this week we reported how GoMovies switched to a new domain name, for this very reason, but on closer inspection it appears that several other sites have suffered the same fate. While homepages have been removed before, the takedown notices that triggered the recent removals seem to be a systematic effort. They are all sent by the prominent law firm Kilpatrick Townsend, which acts on behalf of a variety of Hollywood movie studios. The notices, of which the first was sent roughly two weeks ago, all follow a similar pattern. They identify infringing content on pirate streaming sites and list the individual URLs for these movies. In addition, however, many also include the homepage, which often highlights the same movie as a “new” or popular title. In the case of Gomovies.is, a request was sent on behalf of Warner Bros. to remove Wonder Woman’s streaming page from Google, as well as the homepage where the movie was listed in the popular section. This worked, not only for the GoMovies domain name but also for dozens of other streaming sites including yesmovies.org, watchfree.ac, xmovies.is, watch29.com, vivo.to, tunemovie.com, putlockervip.com, playmovies.to, moviesub.is and fmovies.ac. The takedown notice The example above is just the tip of the iceberg. Over the past two weeks the law firm has targeted many pirate streaming sites, acting on behalf of Warner Bros, Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, NBC Universal and others. This effectively removed dozens of pirate site homepages from search results. To outsiders, it may seem like a homepage is just another link but for site owners, it’s a crucial matter. Many of these streaming sites rely on their brand name to remain findable in search engines, and when the homepage is removed, it’s nearly impossible to rise to the top of search results. Although Google removed many of the early requests, it’s not blindly removing all URLs. In response to several recent notices the search engine decided to take “no action” for the homepages, which is why gomovies.sc, cmovieshd.com, ap551.com, and others remain indexed. It’s possible that the infringing content was no longer linked on these homepages when Google reviewed the DMCA notices in question. As for GoMovies, they simply decided to move to a new URL and remove any infringing content from the homepage so they don’t face the same problem in the future. TorrentFreak
  13. Vodlocker.to is offering an interesting service that not only provides streaming movies and TV shows in the browser but also allows them to be published anywhere on the web. After entering the movie's IMDb number, users get an embed code which can be entered into any web page, where the movie will play in a YouTube-like window. There's even support for Chromecast. While torrents are still the go-to source for millions of users seeking free online media, people are increasingly seeking the immediacy and convenience of web-based streaming. As a result, hundreds of websites have appeared in recent years, offering Netflix-inspired interfaces that provide an enhanced user experience over the predominantly text-based approach utilized by most torrent sites. While there hasn’t been a huge amount of innovation in either field recently, a service that raised its head during recent weeks is offering something new and potentially significant, if it continues to deliver on its promises without turning evil. Vodlocker.to is the latest in a long list of sites using the Vodlocker name, which is bound to cause some level of confusion. However, what this Vodlocker variant offers is a convenient way for users to not only search for and find movies hosted on the Internet, but stream them instantly – with a twist. After entering a movie’s IMDb code (the one starting ‘tt’) in a box on the page, Vodlocker quickly searches for the movie on various online hosting services, including Google Drive. Entering the IMDb code “We believe the complexity of uploading a video has become unnecessary, so we have created much like Google, an automated crawler that visits millions of pages every day to find all videos on the internet,” the site explains. As shown in the image above, the site takes the iMDb number and generates code. That allows the user to embed an HTML5 video player in their own website, which plays the movie in question. We tested around a dozen movies with a 100% success rate, with search times from a couple of seconds to around 20 seconds maximum. A demo on the site shows exactly how the embed code currently performs, with the video player offering the usual controls such as play and pause, with a selector for quality and volume levels. The usual ‘full screen’ button sits in the bottom right corner. The player can be embedded anywhere Near the top of the window are options for selecting different sources for the video, should it become unplayable or if a better quality version is required. Interestingly, should one of those sources be Google Video, Vodlocker says its player offers Chromecast and subtitle support. “Built-in chromecast plugin streams free HD movies/tv shows from your website to your TV via Google Chromecast. Built-in opensubtitles.org plugin finds subtitles in all languages and auto-selects your language,” the site reports. In addition to a link-checker that aims to exclude broken links (missing sources), the service also pulls movie-related artwork from IMDb, to display while the selected movie is being prepared for streaming. The site is already boasting a “massive database” of movies, which will make it of immediate use to thousands of websites that might want to embed movies or TV shows in their web pages. As long as Vodlocker can cope with the load, this could effectively spawn a thousand new ‘pirate’ websites overnight but the service generally seems more suited to smaller, blog-like sites that might want to display a smaller selection of titles. That being said, it’s questionable whether a site would seek to become entirely reliant on a service like this. While the videos it indexes are more decentralized, the service itself could be shut down in the blink of an eye, at which point every link stops working. It’s also worth noting that the service uses IFrame tags, which some webmasters might feel uncomfortable about deploying on their sites due to security concerns. The New Vodlocker API demo can be found here, for as long as it lasts. Article source
  14. By Bugra February 15, 2014 Data Data is from IMDB and it includes all of the popularly voted 100042 movies from 1950 to 2013.(I know why 100000 is there but have no idea how 42 movies get squeezed. Instead of blaming my web scraping skills, I blame the universe, though). The reason why I chose the number of votes as a metric to order the movies is because, generally the information (title, certificate, outline, director and so on) about movie are more likely to be complete for the movies that have high number of votes. Moreover, IMDB uses number of votes as a metric to determine the ranking as well so number of votes also correlate with the rating as well. Further, everybody at least has an idea on IMDB Top 250 or IMDB Top 1000 which are ordered by the ratings computed by IMDB. Although the data is quite rich in terms of basic information, only year, rating and votes are complete for all of the movies. Only ~80% of the movies have runtime information(minutes). The categories are mostly 90% complete which could be considered good but the certificate information of the movies is the most sparse (only ~25% of them have it). This post aims to explore data for diffferent aspects of data(categories, rating and categories) and also useful information(best movie in terms of rating or votes for each year). I will let the data speak for itself by providing scatter plots and sometimes histograms as well as useful tables for movies.(I know tables are the worst but in some cases they are still useful.) As categories go, I considered 23 categories although there are 25 categories in the top 100K movies. I removed Game-Show and TV-Reality movies as they have less than 5 movies in the top 100K movies. Let's get started. Best Rated Movies for Each Year I put the rating as 8.5 and also filtered the movies that have less than 25000 votes as there are number of movies which get quite high ratings whereas the number of votes are quite small. . . . . What is next? I was planning to include best directors by rating and also actors and actresses. Which director is best or actor and actress in terms of rating? What about votes? Can we get the activity of directors over time looking at the movies that they direct? Further, I got more ambitious if we could cluster the movies using outlines. To be able to determine the movie type from outline would be nice, wouldn't it? Stay tuned for the next week. Full Story: Source
  15. Ashampoo Movie Studio Pro + Portable Making and editing home movies as it should be. Ashampoo Movie Studio Pro includes everything you need to edit and produce your home movies from start to finish in a step-by-step fashion. Features: Cut, trim and convert videosAdd background musicApply transition effects and text overlaysExport to file or burn to disc Homepage: https://www.ashampoo.com OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 Language: ML Medicine: Patch / Serial Size: 228,23 / 218,61 Mb.
  16. GiliSoft Movie DVD Creator 5.6.2 Preserve precious videos by burning them into DVD and share these priceless moments with friends and family with GiliSoft Movie DVD Creator. It's the easiest and fastest way to convert popular video formats such as AVI, MPEG, DivX, DV, VOB, WMV or iPhone 4 videos (MOV) to a format that is compatible to play with most portable or home DVD players. Besides burning DVD-format discs, the Movie DVD Creator also allows you to burn DVD folders and ISO files. Gilisoft Movie DVD Creator offers templates for creating stylish menus and inserting background picture and music for a more personalized feel. In addition to this, you may aso clip video segments, add menu topic and opening film clip, load subtitles and audio tracks to create a more personalized DVD. Fast and easy to use, burn DVD movies with just a few clicks! Features and Benefits: Website: http://www.gilisoft.com/ OS: Windows XP / Vista /7 / 8 Language: ML Medicine: Keygen Size: 20,76 Mb
  17. GiliSoft SlideShow Movie Creator Pro 7.0.1 GiliSoft SlideShow Movie Creator is the easy-to-use yet powerful photo slide software.With it,you can combine your photos into video with music and 2D/3D transition effects for sharing with your friends,and you can easily turn your photo collections to personalized videos in format of AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, MP4, H.264/AVC, AVCHD, MKV, RM, MOV, XviD or 3GP. Easy-to-operate with a friendly interface, you are enabled to create more personalized photo videos by appending background music from imported audios, add transitional effects between images, adjust the orientation and display sequence of the imported photos and etc. What you can imagine, you can have it all with GiliSoft Slideshow Movie Creator. Features and Benefits: Website: http://www.gilisoft.com/ OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 Language: Eng Medicine: Keygen Size: 29,46 Mb.
  18. By Jimmy Nsubuga Friday 24 Jan 2014 4:57 pm A porn movie was filmed on the Frenchay campus (Picture: Google Maps) A university in Bristol has threatened to take a porn producer to court after he filmed X-rated scenes on one of its campuses. University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) was angered after a 23-minute adult video was recorded on its Frenchay campus last summer. The movie featured a man calling himself Johnny Rockard and Xzena, a woman who claimed to be a student at the institution, engaging in sexual acts around the campus. The university later confirmed none of the performers in the video attended the school, although unknowing students were featured in the background. Students Union president Charlie Roper said: UWE Students Union are deeply concerned that this act has happened on campus and are aware that UWE are fully investigating and taking legal action. Mr Rockard seemed unrepentant about filming the porn video and told the Bristol Post it was a public place and he hadnt broken any laws. He later tweeted: Loving the immature little students trying to make heroes of themselves by taking the moral high ground lol. Avon and Somerset Police said they had been notified about the incident and were investigating. http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/24/police-investigate-after-porn-movie-filmed-in-middle-of-the-day-on-university-campus-4275999 :)
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    DVD Fab v.

    DVDFab always provides users with best solutions on all kinds of issues including copy DVD, back up Blu-ray, rip Blu-ray, convert Blu-ray to DVD, convert 2D to 3D, rip Blu-ray 3D, create your own DVDs and Blu-ray's, convert videos to other different formats such as AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, 3GP,etc., and much more. Whats New: Februay 19, 2014DVDFab Updated!New: Added support for new Java protections.Fix: Improved the compatibility with third party applications like CursorFX and PangoBright.Fix: A problem that cannot start up in certain cases.Fix: A crash problem when copying Blu-ray 3D to Blu-ray SBS in certain cases.Fix: A sound missing problem when playing back the ripped .m4a audio files on Apple devices.Fix: A channel problem when ripping DVD to mp4 in certain cases.Fix: A crash problem when copying Blu-ray to DVD with “No menu” selected.Fix: A problem that the chapters are wrong when copying Blu-ray to DVD.Fix: A frame rate problem for video file sources in certain cases.Fix: Some minor changes and improvements.Size: 44.9 MBVersion: February 19, 2014OS: Windows 8/7/Vista/XP(32/64 bit) http://bannedhost.to/ukqpn8ht
  20. By Chris Smith on Jan 24, 2014 at 3:10 PM South Korea plans to further upgrade its cellular data speeds in the coming years, and has announced that it will invest 1.6 trillion won (or $1.5 billion) in a 5G wireless network that will be 1,000 times faster than current 4G technology and will let users download full length movies in under a second, Agence France Presse reports. “We helped fuel national growth with 2G services in the 1990s, 3G in the 2000s and 4G around 2010. Now it is time to take preemptive action to develop 5G,” the science ministry said in a statement. “Countries in Europe, China and the US are making aggressive efforts to develop 5G technology… and we believe there will be fierce competition in this market in a few years.” The 5G service will start rolling out in 2017 and will be commercially available in December 2020 with local carriers including SK Telecom and Korea Telecom. Handset makers including LG and Samsung are expected to help out with 5G development plans and costs as well. The technology would further help the country get a larger share of the world’s telecom infrastructure business, as the government wants to have a 20% stake in the business by 2020, significantly higher than its current 4.4% market share. Interestingly, 5G speeds will also allow telecoms to offer Internet connectivity in bullet trains that travel with speeds topping 500km/h, an unnamed ministry official revealed. http://bgr.com/2014/01/24/south-korea-5g-wireless-network-launch
  21. GiliSoft Movie DVD Creator 5.6.0 Preserve precious videos by burning them into DVD and share these priceless moments with friends and family with GiliSoft Movie DVD Creator. It's the easiest and fastest way to convert popular video formats such as AVI, MPEG, DivX, DV, VOB, WMV or iPhone 4 videos (MOV) to a format that is compatible to play with most portable or home DVD players. Besides burning DVD-format discs, the Movie DVD Creator also allows you to burn DVD folders and ISO files. Gilisoft Movie DVD Creator offers templates for creating stylish menus and inserting background picture and music for a more personalized feel. In addition to this, you may aso clip video segments, add menu topic and opening film clip, load subtitles and audio tracks to create a more personalized DVD. Fast and easy to use, burn DVD movies with just a few clicks! Features and Benefits: Website: http://www.gilisoft.com/ OS: Windows XP / Vista /7 / 8 Language: Rus / Ukr / Eng Medicine: Keygen Size: 19,01 Mb
  22. GiliSoft SlideShow Movie Creator Pro 7.0.0 GiliSoft SlideShow Movie Creator is the easy-to-use yet powerful photo slide software.With it,you can combine your photos into video with music and 2D/3D transition effects for sharing with your friends,and you can easily turn your photo collections to personalized videos in format of AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, MP4, H.264/AVC, AVCHD, MKV, RM, MOV, XviD or 3GP. Easy-to-operate with a friendly interface, you are enabled to create more personalized photo videos by appending background music from imported audios, add transitional effects between images, adjust the orientation and display sequence of the imported photos and etc. What you can imagine, you can have it all with GiliSoft Slideshow Movie Creator. Features and Benefits: Website: http://www.gilisoft.com/ OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 Language: Eng Medicine: Keygen Size: 27,96 Mb.
  23. It would have been nice, but it remains a dream. Microsoft has issued a statement that will disappoint anyone who was looking forward to a Halo movie: there isn't going to be one. It is possible that the rumors about a possible movie stemmed from a misunderstanding about the Halo TV series which is being worked on. In a statement to Eurogamer, Microsoft said: "We have many projects in the works that offer us the opportunity to bring in new audiences to the franchise, as we did in the past with Halo Legends and Halo: Forward Unto Dawn. We plan to continue telling the Halo story through innovative channels, but there are no plans for a Halo motion picture at this time." It should not be too long until a Halo game hits Xbox One, and this is sure to be a runaway success regardless of whether movie is made or not. Source
  24. I have been using Movie Explorer for a few years but it has stopped working (it fails to grab imdb info). I emailed the dev: It was so simple. You added your directory(s) and hit 'apply' which worked with scene release titles too: I'm looking for a no nonsense simple program that grabs IMdB info and works with scene releases. There is Movie Monkey but it doesn't work well with scene titles.
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